I did not know that I was going to be a surgical intern, but here I am. I performed the q-tip maneuver but elected to not stick any sharp objects into the wound. I had my family member seen by a surgeon colleague of mine, who probed the wound to make sure that there was no dehiscence (there was not), and who then took out some staples and packed the open part of the wound with Iodoform gauze. With these maneuvers, and with some Penicillin, the wound has finally dried up. The bloody discharge was also freaking out the patient, making the patient more reluctant to get out of bed and move around. With the wound finally dry, the patient was confidant enough to get of the house for an enjoyable shopping excursion (thankfully without me- I have the typical guy response to shopping; i.e., I want to get out of there in about 5 minutes).
As the song goes, “don’t know much about surgery”, but I do know that Pasteur, Lister, and Fleming have made major surgeries possible by recognizing and fighting off bacteria from destroying the handiwork of the surgeon. I thank these giants of medicine, and my family member patient thanks them as well.